Skype linked to iPhone launch, Android gets Flash
27 March 2009 – Skype is planning to launch a version of its mobile VoIP software as an application on Apple's iPhone, according to a source at GigaOM. The source says that the VoIP pioneer, which is owned by eBay, could make an announcement as early as next week at the CTIA Wireless trade show in Las Vegas. Skype already offers a version of its P2P and IM software for Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform and has also recently announced a version called 'Skype Lite' for Google's Android platform. However, iPhone users can currently only access Skype via third-party applications. GigaOm notes that "a standalone Skype client would get a lot of traction among the Skype faithful." Skype hinted earlier in the year that it was working on an iPhone application but has not commented on the latest reports.
Meanwhile, the Android community has been buoyed by news that US mobile software vendor Bsquare has ported Adobe's Flash technology onto the Android platform on behalf of an unnamed "global Tier 1" mobile operator. The move to embed Flash on Android gives Google's platform an advantage over Apple, which has yet to include support for Flash on the iPhone despite rumours that Apple and Adobe have been working on implementing the technology for some time. Bsquare gave no hint as to the identity of the global operator nor when the new Flash-enabled Android phone would launch. ♠ JC